Jaana Heino Posted April 22, 2004 Report Share Posted April 22, 2004 Lately, I've been corrected a lot in attitudes and extensions front about 1) leaning back and 2) bent supporting knee. I was seriously at loss about what is going wrong, but I think I have now traced the problem to a sad truth, which is that I'm afraid I have been cheating with these positions for months. That is, I'm afraid I have been unconsciously letting my turn out go somewhat, in order to get my leg a bit higher. Questions: 1) Is it possible that this kind of "cheating" could indeed be behind my alignment problem? I anyway need to correct the cheating, of course, but is it likely that by correcting it I get the alignment and knee better, too? Or should I keep on looking for other ways to correct them? 2) Since I naturally feel embarrassed about having to go back to about 60 degrees of extension (which seems to be what I can maintain fully turned out!) from about 80-90, are there ways to speed up the development of extension? I seem to be better off a la seconde and to the back, and I think part of this is a back/outer thigh flexibility question, rather than strength. I am fairly flexible for my age (30) in most directions, but putting my hands down to the floor from first or fifth position is harder to be than it should be (I feel the stretch along my outer thigh and just above/behind my knee). I hope this makes at least some sense. Quote Link to comment
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